Brown signs bills extending California GHG reduction targets

On Sept. 8, California Gov. Edmond Brown signed legislation strengthening the state’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by requiring the state to cut emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
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Report details the economic, employment impact of Drax conversion

Oxford Economics recently released a report that details the total impact of Drax Group on the U.K. economy, reporting that Drax contributed approximately GBP 1.2 billion ($1.58 billion) to the U.K.’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2015.
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Website now available for wood-to-energy checkoff program

The wood-to-energy checkoff initiative that’s been in the works for the past few years recently launched a website to provide updated information about the program as well as a way to ask questions about the initiative.
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PFI changes PFI Standards Program labeling system

Pellet Fuels Institute has announced a change in the labeling system for its PFI Standards Program to accommodate the common practice of private labeling. The change allows the pellet producer to request an additional registration number.
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Report details biomass heat, power production in Japan

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service recently released a Global Agricultural Information Network report on Japan’s renewable fuel industry, which reviews the country’s renewable fuel mandates/policy and progress toward meeting them.
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RSB reaccredited weeks after EU court slams certification system

The European Commission recently reaccredited RSB's EU Renewable Energy Directive sustainability program. The re-recognition came just weeks after the EU Court of Auditors said the EU certification system for sustainability is not fully reliable.
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FutureMetrics publishes updated white paper on CPP importance

FutureMetrics LLC recently published a white paper that reviews the impacts of increased CO2 concentration in the atmosphere, offers thoughts on carbon policy, and discusses the Clean Power Plan and its role in supporting a more decarbonized future.
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CBD delivers pneumatic fuel conveying system to Lynemouth plant

Clyde Bergemann has been chosen to deliver the pneumatic conveying systems for the U.K.-based Lynemouth biomass conversion. The 420 MW power plant burnt its last coal in December 2015 and will reopen burning wood pellets early in 2018.
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Finnvera to provide financing for MGT Teesside biomass plant

Finnvera is contributing GBP 100 million ($132.37 million), or roughly EUR 120 million, in financing for MGT Teesside's 299 MW biomass power plant under development in the U.K. The facility is expected to begin operations in 2020.
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RSB EU RED re-recognized by the European Commission

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials is pleased to announce its re-recognition by the European Commission. The decision was published by the commission on Aug. 9 in the Official Journal of the European Union and is valid for five years.
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